Cynthia Hahn Public Lecture


Thursday, September 19

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is pleased to welcome Dr. Cynthia Hahn for a public lecture and roundtable discussion September 19 and 20 on UA campus.

On Thursday, September 19, 2013, Dr. Hahn will present a lecture, “Those Who Have a Taste for Building: Architectural Reliquaries,” in 205 Smith Hall at 7 p.m. On Friday, September 20, she will hold a round table discussion with graduate students and faculty from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fifth floor of Gorgas Library. Seating for the roundtable is limited; to reserve a place, contact Dr. Tanja Jones (

Cynthia Hahn is one of the foremost medieval art historians in America and the leading English-language scholar working on the form and function of medieval reliquaries. She received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and is currently Professor of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies in Art History at Hunter College in New York. She has previously held teaching positions at Florida State University where she was Gulnar K. Bosch professor of Art History, the University of Chicago, the University of Delaware and the University of Michigan. Her courses focus on issues of production and meaning for both medieval and contemporary makers and audiences.

Dr. Hahn has published on material from the early Christian period to the Gothic, from across Europe–Italy to England to the Byzantine East. Her work has appeared in Art HistoryArt BulletinGestaSpeculum, and many other journals and collections including A Companion to Medieval Art (ed. Conrad Rudolph, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Her books include a study on the Hannover manuscript of the lives of saints Kilian and Margaret (Graz, 1988) and Portrayed on the Heart: Narrative Effect in Pictorial Lives of the Saints from the Tenth through the Thirteenth Century (University of California Press, 2001). Her most recent book, Strange Beauty: Issues in the Making and Meaning of Reliquaries, 400-circa 1204 (Penn State University Press, 2012), studies reliquaries produced from Early Christianity through the Sack of Constantinople in 1204. Dr. Hahn has served on the boards of the ICMA, CASVA, and CAA online reviews.

Cynthia Hahn’s visit is sponsored by The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History Visiting Artist and Lecture Committee.

For more information, contact  Dr. Tanja Jones,
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